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Epic Collection Thor Vol 1 4


Appearing in "...To Wake the Mangog!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #154.

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Synopsis for "...To Wake the Mangog!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #154.

Continued from last issue...

The battle between Thor and Loki has been stopped by Odin who has called Thor's attention to an upcoming threat to Asgard that he must be ready for, allowing Loki to make his escape. Agreeing to come to Asgard's aid, Thor decides to first check on Sif who is being treated for injuries she sustained during the battle. He left Sif recovering at the nearby hospital while he was battling Loki. As Thor checks on his lover's status, he is visited by Hela who has come to take Sif to Valhalla. Thor refuses to allow Hela to take his lover, and when Hela attempts to entice Thor into joining the warriors of the dead in Valhalla, Thor refuses even when he is beckoned by his old foe Harokin to join them. Upon refusal, Hela departs leaving Thor to contemplate on the situation.

While deep below Asgard, Ulik travels through a mysterious glowing cavern pondering the possible mystical properties of the rocks. He comes across a giant door with a warning to those who happen upon it to leave what is behind it undisturbed, by decree of Odin. Surmising that it is some powerful ally whom he can use to aid the Rock Trolls in taking over all of Asgard, Ulik unthinkingly smashes the stone door open, freeing Mangog, a demonic creature whose race was decimated by Odin and as its lone survivor, was sealed away. Mangog then beats Ulik into submission, finding a use for the Rock Troll in his ultimate goal to destroy Odin and all of Asgard.

Back on Earth, Thor changes back into Donald Blake so that he can utilize his medical knowledge to continue to treat Sif. After a brief interruption from a nurse, Blake is happy to see Sif awaken from her coma, a sign that she is going to survive her ordeal. With the nurse dismissed, Blake tells Sif to rest easy and tells her that he has unfinished business to attend to. Resuming his Thor identity, the Thunder God continues to seek out Loki, unaware that the Trickster God has made himself invisible to Thor's naked eye. Furious at having to hide and not being allowed to attack his hated foe, Loki angrily returns to Asgard to plot anew.

Arriving in Asgard, Loki is told that the Cave of the Ages has been opened and that its prisoner is advancing towards Asgard. This comes at wrong time as Odin has once more entered his needed Odin sleep. Seizing on the situation, Loki takes advantage of his royal heritage and assumes command of the Asgardian throne under the pretense of aiding the realm, but secretly planning to take full control forever.

Meanwhile on Earth, Thor comes across a robbery in progress and smashes it up. When the police arrive, the arresting officer tells Thor that the crooks are part of a criminal outfit known as Muggers Incorporated. Continuing his search for Loki, Thor decides to ask people in the neighborhood if they have seen his mischievous stepbrother. He comes across a group of Hippies who mock Thor's appearance, and so Thor gives them a show of his power and sends them running in fear, convinced that Thor is not an imposter.

While back in Asgard, in the castle of Karnilla the Norn Queen, Karnilla continues to attempt to seduce Balder, who is impatient to leave her realm. Before he can go, she shows him a hall full of other warriors who spurned her love and found themselves frozen into statues and asks Balder to consider his position wisely. Not willing to be enslaved by a woman, Balder raises his sword, prompting Karnilla to take action against her desired amour.

Elsewhere, Ulik and Mangog escape from the Cavern of the Ages, where Mangog reveals his full plan: Not just the destruction of Odin himself, but the intention of bringing about Ragnarok as well. While back on Earth, Thor awaits the call of Odin, completely unaware that Odin is currently in the Odin sleep.

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Appearing in "Now Ends the Universe"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #155.

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Synopsis for "Now Ends the Universe"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #155.

Continued from last issue...

Disturbed that he has not heard from Odin since his warning of impending Ragnarok, Thor continues to soar above New York City. Deciding that he has waited for word long enough, the Thunder God decides to return to Asgard. He first returns to the hospital where Sif has been recovering from injuries sustained battling Loki, and finding his lover in good health the two transport themselves back to Asgard.

While at the fortress of Karnilla, Balder continues to refuse her advances and to punish him she reanimates frozen forms of previously spurned lovers who then attack the warrior. While out in deep space the alien Regellians detect strange pulsations that could mean the end of the universe, and check in with their Recorder which continues to monitor Ego the living planet. The Recorder reports back that all is normal in the Black Galaxy and that the danger must be coming from someplace else.

While back in Asgard, the Warriors Three pass the time by engaging in a bar brawl until they are stopped by Loki. Loki advises them that he has taken over rule of Asgard while Odin is in the Odinsleep and orders them to face the threat of Mangog. Although the trio dislike their temporary ruler, they agree to go into battle against the menace that might mean the destruction of Asgard and the universe.

Convinced that he has sent the Warriors Three to their doom, Loki returns to his throne where he is surprised to find that Thor and Sif have returned from Earth. Thor is furious to find Loki in control, however is powerless as Loki was the first of royal lineage to sit upon Odin's throne after Odin entered the Odinsleep and is rightfully at rule of the kingdom. Thor tries to appeal to Loki that his rule will be useless if Mangog succeeds in bringing about Ragnarok and asks the Trickster God to help fight off the threat of Mangog. Loki refuses to aid, telling Thor that battling the threat is his own task to worry about.

Elsewhere in the realm, Mangog continues his travels toward the city of Asgard to get his revenge. Along the way he is confronted by a group of Storm Giants, whom he easily knocks aside despite their superior size. Mangog continues his trek, smashing through all defenses, barriers and warriors that stand in his way. Nothing the combined Asgardian forces throw at the creature seem to be able to stop it from its path to the palace where Odin continues his slumber. The warriors attempt to fell Mangog with a Force Arrow, but this too fails to stop the seemingly unstoppable demon who tells all present that he intends to unsheath the Odinsword itself and bring about Ragnarok.

Witnessing the battle from the palace, Thor decides that he cannot wait any longer and must fight Mangog, alone if he has to. As Loki cowers at the prospect, Thor bids farewell to his slumbering father, promising to defend the kingdom the best he can before going off toward the battle field. Finding the ruins of another army that failed to stop Mangog, Thor eventually tracks the creature down and finds the Warriors Three nearby trapped in a stone prison following an unsuccessful attack on Mangog.

Thor goes off to face the creature alone, however once Mangog spots the Thunder God, it grabs him and Thor realizes to his mounting horror that he has underestimated Mangog's strength.

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Appearing in "The Hammer and the Holocaust!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #156.

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Synopsis for "The Hammer and the Holocaust!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #156.

Continued from last issue...

Thor has confronted Mangog, a demonic creature which intends to bring about Ragnarok in revenge against Odin for his exile. Although the creature has the upper hand against Thor to begin with, Thor manages to grasp for his hammer and use it to deliver powerful blows against the creature. This frees Thor from the monster's grasp, but the creature still continues to be unharmed and easily bats the Thunder God away.

Boasting over its victory over Thor, Mangog stops when he hears the jeers of the Warriors Three who call the demon a coward for imprisoning them instead of battling them. Answering to the warriors' taunts, Mangog frees them so that he might give them a taste of his power. Although the Warriors Three bravely face Mangog, they are easily outmatched by the nigh-unstoppable creature.

Back in Asgard, Loki is warned by Toag of Mangog's power; however, Loki tells his advisor that he only intends to keep Mangog alive long enough to see Thor destroyed so that he can insure that Odin remains in his Odinsleep forever, and that the combined magic of both he and Karnilla the Norn Queen would be sufficient enough to deal with Mangog. However, Loki's confidence wavers when a number of injured Asgardian warriors return back to the palace to tell Loki of their failure and Mangog's continued approach.

Out in the battlefield, Thor revives and uses his power over the storms to summon a tornado that hurls large boulders at Mangog, who is still busy fighting off the Warriors Three. Thor then confronts Mangog up close, unleashing the full fury of his hammer at point blank range. Mangog however continues his advance as Thor increases the power of his hammer, the resulting lightning shot forth from the hammer soon causes the ground to erupt like a volcano, prompting Thor to fall back, hoping that the powerful explosion will distract Mangog enough to allow Thor and the Warriors Three a chance to escape and come up with a new strategy.

As the heroes make their escape, on the Bifrost Bridge, Heimdall is greeted by the Rigellian Recorder that has come to Asgard to record the events that are transpiring for its masters. Remembering Thor's encounter with the Recorder, Heimdall allows one of Asgard's warriors to escort the Recorder to the royal palace to carry out its directives.

Back on the battle front, Thor and the Warriors Three regroup just as the eruption stabilizes, and they are dismayed to see Mangog rise from the molten lava unmolested. When the creature begins hurling lava at them, Thor furiously unleashes a powerful storm that floods the area and washes Mangog away, giving them time to puzzle over how to stop the creature.

At the castle of Karnilla the Norn Queen, Balder continues to fight off reanimated warriors of Karnilla. Karnilla tells the brave warrior that she will call off his attackers if he pronounces his love for her, a request Balder continues to deny. Karnilla tells him that unless he surrenders his heart to her his sentence is death.

Back at the royal palace the Recorder finds Sif standing over Odin who is still deep in his Odinsleep. The Recorder deduces that Mangog intends to draw the Odinsword and thereby cause the end of the universe. Unwilling to stand idly by, Sif decides that she will go to the Odinsword and defend it with her life if need be.

Finally, back at the scene of the battle, the storm unleashed by Thor has subsided, and as the Warriors Three regroup, Thor ventures forward to see the fate of Mangog, and finds that the creature still has survived and is about to resume its attack on the Thunder God.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Behind Him...Ragnarok!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #157.

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Synopsis for "Behind Him...Ragnarok!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #157.

Continued from last issue....

Thor resumes his fight against Mangog, and is shocked when the creature is able to force back the Thunder God's thrown hammer. The resulting impact causes enough destruction to cover Mangog's escape from Thor and the Warriors Three. While in the castle of Karnilla the Norn Queen, Balder continues to fight the reanimated warriors enslaved by the Norn Queen. Karnilla offers Balder one more time to profess his love to her or face death, to which Balder once more refuses. To Karnilla's shock Balder's show of bravery shatters the control she has over the other warriors who refuse to fight him any further. Furious at this betrayal, Karnilla complies with Balder's request to free them and teleports them away and begins brooding in her loneliness.

Balder and the other warriors find themselves teleported back to Asgard, where they rally together to help defend the realm from the oncoming attack of Mangog. Mangog, meanwhile, is continuing his travels to Asgard with Thor and the Warriors Three not too far behind. As Mangog reaches the outskirts of the kingdom, the monster finds opposition from an entire army of Asgardian warriors led by Balder himself.

Although they have large numbers, this army is no match for Mangog, but they are soon joined by Thor who jumps into the fray. However, Thor is injured in his initial attack and is rescued by the timely intervention of Balder, who pulls Thor to safety as the warriors attempt to use various weapons against Mangog. As the creature fights through the defenses, Thor and Balder race to the Odinsword to be the last line of defense should the army fail to stop Mangog.

Inside the palace, Loki is kept up to date on the efforts to stop Mangog. Loki's self preservation gets the better of him and decides it's best to flee. Spotted by Thor, he is denounced as a coward, Thor tells Loki that he'd rather die fighting than flee like a lowly snake. Thor and Balder then join Sif and the Recorder in the room where the gigantic Odinsword is kept and await the arrival of Mangog.

Sure enough, Mangog bursts through the walls, the final tatters of the opposing army being brushed aside. Mangog manages to fight off Thor, Balder and Sif. As Mangog begins to pull out the Odinsword from its scabbard, the Recorder theorizes that the only power capable to stop Mangog would be the combined power of Thor and Odin, suggesting that they wake Odin from his slumber. This proves both accurate and necessary as Odin has awaken from his slumber on his own and uses his magical might against the creature.

Odin explains that Mangog was not the last of his race, but a gestalt of his entire people, made that way as punishment for defying Odin. Ending the people's sentence, Odin uses his power to restore the people that comprised of Mangog and returns them to their land hoping that they will learn to live in peace.

With the battle over and the warriors all recovering, Odin rights the Odinsword and is hailed for his victory over Mangog.

Appearing in "The Way It Was!"

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Thor #158.

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Synopsis for "The Way It Was!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #158.

Following the victory against Mangog, Thor returns to Earth where he resumes his Earth identity of Dr. Donald Blake. In both the form of Thor and Donald Blake, the Thunder God ponders the paradox of his life, that of being both a mortal and a God, and begins to recount the events that led to how Donald Blake came to become Thor:

This issue then reprints Thor's debut appearance in Journey Into Mystery #83..

Donald Blake, a doctor from the United States, is visiting Norway. At the same time, a ship from Saturn lands nearby as advance scouts for a planned invasion. A local fisherman spots them and alerts the villagers, but they dismiss him. Blake overhears and goes to look for himself. When he steps on a twig, the aliens notice him. He flees into the hills, where he loses his cane. He runs into a cave, but the other entrance is blocked by a giant boulder. A secret door opens, revealing a chamber where Blake finds a walking stick. He tries to move the boulder with the stick but is unable to get the leverage. Frustrated, he hits the boulder with the stick, and in a flash of light, the stick transforms into a hammer, and Blake transforms into Thor, the mythical Norse God of Thunder.

Thor easily lifts the boulder and leaves the cave. He verifies that the hammer has all the powers of Mjolnir, Thor's legendary weapon. Meanwhile, the alien armada shows up on Earth's radar screens. When fighter jets scramble to meet them, they project an image of a huge dragon and frighten away the pilots. When the ground forces fire missiles, they explode harmlessly the ships' force fields. Thor speeds to the defense of the Earth.

When Thor attacks the aliens they drop a cage over him but he tears the bars open. They aim their disintegration beams at him, but his hammer smashes their guns. They unleash their Mechano-Monster, but he smashes it to bits. The aliens return to their ships and give up their invasion. Thor changes back to Dr. Blake, whom the soldiers ignore when they come to look for the invaders.

Following this recounting, Donald Blake begins to think about his further adventures and how they eventually brought him to the fabled realm of Asgard, where his life would never be the same again. He recalls his meeting with Odin, the All-Father, and meeting his allies Balder, Hercules and the Warriors Three, and also recalls his battles against such foes as Loki, Karnilla, the Destroyer, Pluto, Cobra and Ulik.

Finally, Blake thinks back of the two loves in his life, his lost and former love Jane Foster, the nurse who worked for him in the early days of his career as Thor, and his new lover the goddess Sif. With his recollections over with, Blake begins to wonder who he really is: Donald Blake or Thor? And if he is really Donald Blake, a mere mortal granted with the power of the Thunder God, what happened to the original?

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Answer at Last!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #159.

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Synopsis for "The Answer at Last!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #159.

Continued from last issue...

After completing a surgery successfully, Dr. Donald Blake returns to his apartment where he begins to ponder about the secrets of his double identity. Namely, is he really Thor or Donald Blake? And if he is the latter, what happened to the original Thor? Drifting to sleep, he dreams about going to Asgard in his godly form and asking Odin for the answers that have been plaguing him. Hearing this request from Asgard, Odin decrees that Blake shall be told the truth, and when Blake awakens, Odin appears before him and tells him the fate of what happened to Thor many years ago:

Odin tells of a time when Thor was brash, arrogant, and reckless. One day while chasing a birdbeast, the Thunder God trespassed into Niffelheim, violating a truce between Odin and the giants that lived there. This led to a confrontation between Thor and an army of giants. Balder would be called in to pull Thor from the fight, citing that the Thunder God was at fault for the conflict.

Returning to Asgard, Thor would go to a local tavern with the Warriors Three and engage in an arm wrestling competition with one of the other patrons. This would end in Thor winning, and the other patron accusing Thor of cheating. This leads to a huge bar brawl that is eventually broken up by Odin who summons Thor to his side.

Meeting Odin on a mountain where Odin berates his son, telling him that he lacks humility and is sorely needing a lesson on the subject. He turns Thor's attention to Earth, and decrees that he is going to send Thor there to live the life of a frail mortal so that he might learn his lesson and someday regain his godly identity. Odin would banish Thor to Earth, and turn him into Donald Blake, with no memory of his past as the Thunder God.

With the story done, Odin explains that he had placed Thor's mystic hammer where he might find it after he had learned humility, and that changing him into a form with a handicap and giving him a profession that made him heal the sick and frail was all part of this lesson.

With the explanation done, Odin departs leaving Blake to consider everything he learned. The doctor realizes that his romance with Jane Foster was doomed to failure from the start, and he never would renounce his godly heritage because he was indeed, truly Thor. As a final acceptance of these revelations, Blake taps his cane on the ground changing into Thor where he proudly embraces his true heritage.

Appearing in "And Now...Galactus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #160.

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Synopsis for "And Now...Galactus!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #160.

Thor notices something landing from space on a nearby rooftop and decides to go and investigate. He finds that it is a Rigellian ship piloted by Tana Nile, who has come seeking out the Thunder God for help to stop a powerful force that threatens many galaxies in the universe. Thor agrees to join Tana and the two depart for the stars at once.

While in far off Asgard, Odin has an audience with the Recorder, whom he allows to remain in Asgard as a friend of Thor. Sif then enters the room and asks Odin to allow her to join Thor; she becomes even more insistent when the Recorder receives word on Thor's mission in space and departs to record it for his Rigellian masters. Odin declines Sif's request and the Recorder departs to document the events for its controllers. Sif screams after the robot asking it to tell her what danger Thor is to face, the Recorder doesn't tell the goddess as not to distress her, but even the robot grimly considers the fact that Thor is going off to face the greatest power in the universe: Galactus.

While elsewhere in space, Tana Nile explains to Thor that they are going into space to stop Galactus when their ship is attacked and boarded by an alien creature. Tana explains that the alien is a Taurian, a surviving member of a race totally decimated when Galactus ate their world. They manage to fight the creature into submission, when its rage subsides it apologizes for its actions having been totally distraught after its world was destroyed. Resuming their travels, Tana takes Thor to a location where Galactus has previously fed, an area full of space debris created from the destruction of a planet at the hands of Galactus. Horrified by the sight, Thor vows to stop Galactus.

Meanwhile, Galactus continues his travels through space, the world devourer pauses when he detects the thoughts of a powerful creature and decides to seek out its source as his hunger is mounting once more. Taking a smaller craft, Galactus flies into the Black Galaxy and finds himself before Ego the Living Planet.

While aboard the Rigellian flagship, Thor meets with the Rigellian commander and the Recorder to determine their plan of attack against Galactus. With their course set, Thor and the Recorder travel off in a ship to confront Galactus himself. The Recorder detects that Galactus is within the Black Galaxy and the two speed off to meet their foe there. They are spied by a group called the Wanderers, a group of aliens that have survived the destruction of their worlds at the hands of Galactus and seek revenge against the world destroyer and they decide to follow after Thor and the Recorder.

Finally, back in the Black Galaxy, Galactus and Ego boast about their mutual power and Galactus demands to consume Ego's energies. Ego tries to stop this by unleashing a furious blast at Galactus, the force of which reaches Thor and the Recorder's ship destroying it and seemingly killing its passengers.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Shall a God Prevail?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #161.

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Synopsis for "Shall a God Prevail?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #161.

Continued from last issue...

Thor and the Recorder have been left drifting in space when their space ship is destroyed after being struck by the backlash of a battle between Ego the Living Planet and Galactus. The two are rescued from space by the Wanderers, a group of aliens who are the lone survivors of a world consumed by Galactus who have followed the Thunder God to seek out the world devourers destruction.

Deep in the Black Galaxy, Ego and Galactus' battle rages on, the two appear evenly matched however in spite of their overwhelming cosmic powers. While aboard the Wanderer's ship, Thor and the Recorder revive and learn of their saviors mission. Both the Recorder and Thor are against the idea of the Wanderers attacking Galactus directly, as they will surely meet their end, as such Thor offers to fight Galactus on their behalf. Suddenly, their ship flies into a debris field created in the wake of the battle between Ego and Galactus.

Their ship arrives just as Galactus has managed to turn the tide of battle against Ego, prompting Thor to immediately jump into action, in spite of the Recorders fear of Thor's destruction. Thor toss his hammer at Galactus, and upon impact causes the world eater to pause because it has actually caused him pain. Thor then goes in for a full frontal attack, however Galactus has erected a force field around himself making Thor's blows ineffectual. Galactus then grabs the Thunder God and tosses him at Ego's surface where he finds that the Living Planet had brought the Wanderers and the Recorder to it's surface as well.

Working together, the group constructs a weapon that channels Ego's massive energies through Thor's hammer and fires a beam at Galactus. The force of the beam causes Galactus great pain and threatens to destroy him. Not wanting to be destroyed, Galactus decides it's best that he depart and flees the Black Galaxy in defeat.

The Wanderers rejoice at Thor's victory over Galactus, and then much to their surprise Ego invites them to live on his surface, adjusting his form so that the Wanderers can live on grounds that are fertile and allow them to sustain a way of life. Ego appears in a humanoid simulacrum to tell them that they are welcome to live on his surface for the rest of their lives.

Appearing in "Galactus is Born!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #162.

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Synopsis for "Galactus is Born!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #162.

Following their battle against Galactus, Thor and the Recorder return to the Regillan homeworld where the Recorder downloads the information he collected during the battle. With his mission completed, the Regillan leader tells the Recorder to prepare for deactivation, however having seen the Recorder display emotions and act beyond it's programming, Thor manages to convince them to keep the Recorder active, convincing them that it is more than just a mere machine. Thor then departs, using his enchanted hammer to teleport back to Asgard.

There Thor is greeted by Heimdall and the Warriors Three who carry Thor back to the palace where they go before Odin. There they learn that Odin had been watching Thor's battle against Galactus and found himself wondering where the creature had come from. Showing them the Illuma Screen they learn of Galactus' origins, however they see Galactus as he is today as the world devourer consumes another world to replenish his strength.

Looking into the origins of Galactus, Odin manages to call up an image of the first world that Galactus ever devoured and find it a dead world. It's image horrifies Thor, who mistakenly believes that this world is the world of Galactus' birth. Looking further into the past, Odin brings up an image of how Galactus was found in an incuba-cell in space by an army of conquerors who unwittingly unleashed Galactus who quickly destroyed them all, consumed the world he was on and then would travel out into the stars to begin sating his centuries old hunger.

With the visions of the past over, Odin retires to ponder on the power of Galactus. Thor is then visited by Torger who tells Thor that there is danger on Earth and that in his absence Sif had gone to the mortal world to investigate. As Thor heads toward Earth to help his beloved, Balder has a restless night with thoughts of Karnilla in his head. He is struggling with conflicting emotions he has over the Norn Queen and decides that he should seek out the Thunder God's help in sorting out his feelings.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Where Dwell the Demons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #163.

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Synopsis for "Where Dwell the Demons!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #163.

Thor arrives on Earth to try and find Sif, who has gone missing while she was on a mission to Earth. Sensing danger, Thor's attention is brought to a group of soldiers telling the people of New York to clear the streets. Investigating, Thor finds that they have cordoned off a strange energy barrier that has appeared over the city's Atomic Research Center. Believing that Sif may be in the field, Thor attempts to pierce it with his hammer.

As Thor attempts to pierce the barrier, in Asgard, Odin continues to try and learn more about the origins of Galactus, and seeks out the Keeper of Antiquities to read the Book of the Ages. Unfortunately for Odin, the book imparts no further information about Galactus than what Odin has already learned. Leaving empty handed, Odin hopes to learn the secret of the Incuba-Sphere that birthed Galactus, for the sake of Asgard.

Back on Earth, Thor continues to attempt to break through the barrier, and to the shock of everyone present, he is pulled through by strange horrific creatures. Thor is pulled into the barrier before the soldiers can do anything to stop it from happening. Thor shocked to find that he has been attacked by creatures calling themselves Mutates. Although these creatures have advanced weapons, they prove to be no match for Thor's superior strength, and the Thunder God manages to fight them off with relative ease. However, Thor is forced to stop when their leader appears and shows Thor that he has his beloved Sif as it's prisoner.

Thor manages to defeat the Mutate's leader, sending the creature fleeing with a warning that it knows someone just as powerful as Thor. Thor frees Sif and the two begin to explore where they are, and it soon becomes apparent that they are some other world that has been ravaged by a cataclysmic war. Searching the ruins they find a museum and are horrified to learn that this is some future world where the Earth has been decimated by nuclear war, and that the resulting radiations have mutated humankind into the horrible Mutates that Thor fought earlier.

Finding the Atomic Research Center has been transported to this apocalyptic future as well, Thor and Sif go forward to investigate and find that the Pluto is there waiting for them. Thor and Sif attempt to attack the Grecian Death God, however he stops the two dead in their tracks with a mystic bolt. Pluto explains that he has been scheming to get revenge against Thor, and found it when he looked into the future and learned of the future that may yet come and decided to seek them out as allies. Seeking to give the Mutates an edge in his plan, Pluto appeared in modern day New York City, and then transported the Atomic Research Center into this dystopian future in the hopes of taking advantage of the scientific devices inside.

With his plot revealed, Pluto lets Thor and Sif free from his spell, and Thor naturally resumes his attack but he and Sif are then ambushed by an army of heavily armed Mutates who succeed in knocking the two Gods unconscious. As Pluto gloats over his victory, deep inside the Atomic Research Center, a metal holding casket begins to open revealing within a very familiar cocoon.

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Appearing in "Lest Mankind Fall!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #164.

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Synopsis for "Lest Mankind Fall!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #164.

Thor and Sif have been defeated by Pluto and an army of Mutates in some apocalyptic future where humanity has been devastated by atomic war. As Pluto gloats over his victory, the two Asgardians revive from the previous attack and prepare to counterattack.

While on modern day Asgard, the troubled Balder tries to escape thoughts of Karnilla the Queen of the Norns. However the Norn Queen, aware of Balder's struggling emotions, appears before him, telling Balder to renounce his loyalty to Odin and to love her. Balder refuses, and seeks out Odin to learn the location of Thor, whom Balder thinks may be able to help. Balder finds Odin still puzzling over the origins of Galactus. Odin sympathizes with Balder's plight and sends him to Earth where he seeks out Thor and Sif in New York City, finding only the time warp where the Atomic Research Center is located.

While in the distant future, Thor strikes at Pluto and the Mutates with Sif at his side. While Thor is preoccupied fighting Pluto, Sif finds herself in trouble when she is overwhelmed by his Mutate armies. At that moment in the present, Balder approaches the barrier and is informed by the military that Thor had been pulled into the barrier. Balder then strikes the barrier as hard as he can, disrupting the time warp and sending not only Sif and Thor back to the present, but Pluto and his army of Mutates as well.

Pluto continues his attack, and Thor and Sif are aided in combat by the military and Balder. As their fight wages on, news of Pluto's activities reaches Mount Olympus, prompting Zeus to act on what is happening on Earth. As the battle rages on, the Military, Sif and Balder have a hard time fighting off the Mutates and their advanced weapons while Thor and Pluto battle it out. Pluto engulfs himself in hellish flame and attempts to burn Thor; however the Thunder God calls a storm that puts out the flames.

Just then, Zeus appears and addresses all the combatants, he banishes Pluto back to Hades and sends the Mutates back to their own time restoring much of the damage. As they recover from the battle, the wonder what exactly was in the Atomic Research Building that Pluto wanted to obtain, little knowing that a very familiar cocoon has burst open and a single golden hand rises from within.

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Synopsis for "HIM!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #165.

Continued from last issue...

Following their battle with Pluto and the Mutates from a possible apocalyptic future, Thor, Sif and Balder celebrate with the soldiers who helped them defeat the menace. After the celebrations have ended, Thor decides to investigate what it was Pluto sought to claim from within the Atomic Research Center.

While in distant Asgard, Karnilla has called upon Haag a sorceress to try and make Balder fall in love with her, a task that Haag gleefully takes.

Back on Earth, Thor and the others search the halls of of the center when they are bombarded by a burst of energy. Down the hall in a secret room, a cocoon containing the artificial man named Him breaks free. Confronting the three Asgardians, Him explains his origins and how he was created by the Enclave. He continues to explain that he destroyed his evil creators and flew off into the stars, when he was drawn into a strange space trap. and was struck by a meteor, and having to enter his cocoon state once more. Unknown to Him at the time, he was spotted by the Watcher who felt compelled to violate his solemn oath of non-involvement and would place the cocoon in a US Space laboratory satellite that was destined to return to Earth.

Finishing his story, Him explains that now that he has risen he feels lonely and seeks out a mate and picks Sif to fill that role. Thor and Balder naturally try to stop Him from taking Sif away, however they are easily batted away. Him grabs Sif and then teleports away. Furious, Thor uses his hammer to transport himself and Balder to wherever it is that Him has taken his beloved.

While back in Asgard, Odin continues his research in the origins of Galactus, and has one of his scientists to seek out the world where Galactus was spawned. While in another place, Thor and Balder have tracked down Him and Sif. When Thor attempts to attack Him directly, he is struck down with an energy blast. Balder then attempts to save Sif however his attempt is interrupted when Haag suddenly appears and using a giant hand attempts to pull Balder back to Asgard.

Reviving, Thor is forced to come to Balder's aid and banishes Haag back to Asgard and closes the portal that the mystic opened with the power of his hammer. With this new threat vanquished, Thor turn and finds that in the confusion Him had escaped with Sif. Undaunted, Thor vows to not only get his beloved back, but get vengance against Him.

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Synopsis for "A God Berserk!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #166.

Continued from last issue...

Thor is furious that Him has made off with his beloved Sif, and in the throws of rage lashes out on the world that they are on, crying for vengeance and causing massive amounts of collateral damage before teleporting himself and Balder away to find where Him had taken Sif. As they travel, Karnilla scolds Haag for her previous failure in bringing Balder to her, however Haag is not without other resources and begins creating a special doll of Balder that will hopefully help achieve Karnilla's goal.

While on another world, Thor and Balder materialize and find that the plants on this world are animated and impede the heroes travels. They manage to track Him down and find that he has sealed Sif in a sphere high above them. Furious, Thor battles Him and gets more and more angry as the fight goes on. In the throws of battle, Him tells Thor that he could use his mind powers to kill him, however Thor would become even more furious and enter into battle.

Witnessing the battle from Asgard, when coming across the battle Odin recognizes that Thor is going through the Warriors Madness. Odin finds this grave as those who fall to it must pay a penalty, even the son of all-powerful Odin. Back at the battle, Thor is denied his vengeance when Him suddenly enters into a cocoon form and flies off into space to return to the stars.

With his foe out of sight, Thor finds that the Warriors Madness begins to fade from his mind, and realizes to his horror what he had gone through. With Him defeated however, he frees Sif from the sphere she is trapped in and the two are reunited. With the battle over, Balder, Thor and Sif realize that there is a hefty price to pay for his succumbing to the Warrior Madness.

While back in Asgard, a space ship that has been prepared to send an Asgardian into space to seek out Galactus is completed and Odin decides that Thor's punishment will be to seek out the world devourer and learn it's origins. Thor and the others return to Asgard, where Thor tells the other to leave him to face Odin and his punishment alone.

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Synopsis for "This World Renounced!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #167.

Following a battle where he gave into the Warriors Madness, Thor goes to Odin to receive his punishment. Although Sif pleads Thor's case, because he gave into the madness to save her, Odin refuses to grant Thor mercy and tells all gathered that the Thunder God must pay a sacrifice for his crimes. Balder decides that while Thor is on his penance, that he will go to Earth and defend it in the Thunder God's absence and leaves for the Bifrost Bridge. Odin comes to a decision and sentences Thor to go and seek out Galactus to find and learn his secrets.

Meanwhile, Loki is once more in the company of Karnilla once more and the two are plotting once again against Asgard. However, Loki is at a loss to understand why Karnilla is wasting her time on trying to win Balder's affections. When Balder arrives on Earth, Haag presents Karnilla the enchanted doll of the warrior to the two mischief makers. Loki grabs the doll and strikes it as hard as he can, causing Balder to collapse just as he arrives on Earth, the hero is then rushed off to a hospital.

Back in Asgard, Thor is brought to the ship that he will pilot in his quest to find Galactus, with the ships construction revealed, Odin sends Thor back to Earth to wait for him to be called upon to embark on his mission. Arriving on Earth, Thor decides to tie up matters in his civilian guise of Donald Blake before departing. Arriving at the hospital where he works as Blake, Thor learns of Balder's condition and decides that he must save his friends life in his mortal guise, completely unaware that he is being watched by Loki.

When Thor changes back into Donald Blake, he is attacked by Loki who wrests Blake's walking stick from his hands and easily over-powers the lame physician, knocking him out. However, the battle is ended when Odin intervenes, banishing Loki back to Asgard, leaving Blake to recover his walking stick, unaware of Odin's intervention but glad that Loki is gone none the less.

As Donald goes to perform surgery on Balder, in deep space Galactus consumes another world, giving alarm on Asgard prompting those watching Galactus to report the sighting to Odin. Back on Earth, Blake completes his surgery on Balder who is expected to recover fully. With his job done, Blake resumes his Thor identity and flies off, wondering how long it will be before he sees the Earth again.

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Synopsis for "Galactus Found!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #168.

As punishment for giving into the Warriors Madness, Thor has agreed to journey out into space and seek out Galactus so that he may learn of the world devourers origins for his father Odin. Although Odin is remorseful about sending his favored son out to his possible death, Odin sticks by his original decree and Thor departs shortly thereafter, wondering when he will ever return to Asgard, and Earth.

While on Earth, Balder has recovered from injuries sustained by Loki, he is discharged from the hospital and is given a note written by Donald Blake, informing Balder that he has gone on a mission to find Galactus. Deciding to stay on Earth and protect it while Thor is away, Balder is shocked to find that the Warriors Three have also traveled to Earth to help Balder out. They decide to learn of troubles on Earth by reading the newspaper and learn that an Oriental country has been secretly detonating nuclear bombs which has caused much uneasiness around the world and in America in particular. Having read the story, the quartet of Asgardians decide to learn more about the situation.

As Thor continues to travel through space, he takes time to relax, however this relaxation is short lived when his ship is suddenly halted by some tremendous force, and the Thunder God decides to exit the ship and find out what it is.

While back on Earth in a far off Eastern country, scientists begin the final tests of their newest creation, the robot known as the Thermal Man. They let loose the robot and train their best men and weapons against it, and much to their pleasure the robot performs excellently and proves to be neigh indestructible. Shutting down the robot with a sonic missile, the soldiers then load the robot up in a missile and fire it over American air space. Naturally, the US military blasts the missile out of the sky unaware that they have unwittingly unleashed the Thermal Man on American soil.

Back out in the depths of space, Thor exits his ship to find that been halted and brought onto a planetoid by Galactus himself. At first, Thor ignores Galactus' explanation that he seeks not to battle and tries to attack but to no avail. Galactus explains that he has grown tired of Thor's chase of him and has decided to tell the Thunder God of his origins. Engulfing Thor in a visi-cloud, Thor begins learning the about the past of Galactus. He learns that ages ago a ship had crashed on a distant world being observed by one of the Watchers. This Watcher investigates the crash finds that the entire crew had apparently been slaughtered by a strange plague. As Thor sees the events unfold, Galactus tells the Thunder God that this is just part of the story, and then begins to tell the tale from the beginning.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, the Thermal Man reaches New York City as the Warriors Three and Balder spend time in Donald Blake's apartment getting accustomed to mortal living, the overweight Volstagg finds the most trouble adapting, finding that most Earth furniture cannot withstand his massive weight. They are soon witness to a news report about the Thermal Man's coming attack on Earth, and the Warriors Three and Balder decide that this is a menace that they must face.

Finally, back on a distant planet, Thor revives from the visi-mist and after some consideration, Galactus decides that Thor is ready to learn the full story of his origins.

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Synopsis for "The Awesome Answer!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #169.

Continued from last issue....

Deciding that Thor is worthy, Galactus tells the Thunder God of his origins starting from the very beginning. Galactus continues with his tale from where he left off, how he was aboard a ship that crashed before a member of the Watchers. How that Watcher found that the entire crew had been slain by some strange plague, all except for one, a strange being that was glowing with energy, one whom would soon become Galactus. Thor deduces this and this sends Galactus into a brief fury, however he calms enough to explain how he came to that point...

Galactus explains that he originated from a utopian world known as Taa, an advanced civilization that knew peace for many years. However, the planet would soon become doomed as it's people began succumbing to the Creeping Plague, a sickness that was killing countless alien worlds, and was now infecting the people of Taa. With the people dying en mass, a group of lone survivors decided to leave their world and fly their ship into the heart of the largest star they could find, so that they would die in a blaze of glory.

Things would not happen exactly as planned, as the ship would be bombarded by a burst of radiation that would engulf the ship. While most of the crew died, the being who would one day become Galactus would find himself absorbing the energies that would cause him to change into something different. It was this being which the Watcher would find when the ship would finally crash land on some distant world.

The Watcher would analyze the creature and learn that it would soon need to consume worlds to survive, however as part of the Watchers code, all the Watcher could do is bear witness as this new being would repair the ship and the uniform of Galactus and then fly off into space. There the newly born Galactus would reshape the space ship of his rebirth into the incubation device that would be seen during Galactus' first recorded appearance.

With the story done, Thor decides that Galactus is too much of a menace and prepares to attack even though Galactus has no desire to fight. However, before Thor can strike a single blow, Odin arrives and tells Thor that his penance is done and that he is needed on Earth, and teleports Thor there, telling the Thunder God that now is not the time for Galactus' destruction.

On Earth, Balder and the Warriors Three confront the Thermal Man who is raging across New York City unchallenged and find themselves easily defeated by the robots limitless strength. However, as all seems bleak, Thor arrives, witnessing the destruction he prepares to fight the Thermal Man himself.

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Synopsis for "The Thunder God and the Thermal Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #170.

Continued from last issue...

Thor has been teleported to New York City by Odin, and is horrified to see that a new communist robot known as the Thermal Man has ravaged the city. Thor goes into the battle zone and finds that the Warriors Three and Balder proved too weak to stop the powerful robot. As the Asgardians regroup, the US military arrives and throws massive amounts of fire-power on the robot, but to no avail as the robot easily blasts them away with it's thermal blasts.

Not wishing to stand idly by, Thor leads the Warriors Three and Balder back into the fray. Although the five Gods outnumber the Thermal Man and Thor's own hammer can stagger the construct, it still proves able to fight them all off. Meanwhile, realizing that the Thermal Man has proven to be too powerful and possibly a threat to their own nation, those behind the "Bamboo Curtain" that created the Thermal Man have given the US military a implosion bomb that will hopefully disable the rampaging robot.

As the bomb is dropped, it is noticed by Thor who uses his magic hammer to shield himself and the others from the bombs effect. The bomb lands on the Thermal Man seemingly deactivating the robot and ending it's threat. With the battle over, Thor notices that there are injured people among the wreckage and changes back into his mortal guise of Donald Blake so that he may administer medical attention. Finding a man in the rubble, Blake carries an injured man off to the hospital.

As the Warriors Three and Balder recover from the fight (with Volstagg bragging about his supposed battle prowess, as usual) the Thermal Man revives and it attacks them once more. Watching from Asgard, Karnilla grows concerned over the fate of Balder, and much to Loki's disapproval, she teleports the Warriors Three and Balder to her castle in Asgard. Furious that Karnilla would save the life of a hated enemy for love, Loki departs no longer wishing to be her ally, vowing that she will rue the day she had crossed him.

While back on Earth, Blake continues to treat the wounded until he learns that the Thermal Man is back on the rampage. Rushing out of the hospital, Blake transforms back into Thor to battle the Thermal Man once more. Battling the robot once more, Thor finds that it is indestructible but comes up with a means to defeat it. Thor lures the Thermal Man to the docks, where the Thunder God summons a powerful storm. The tidal waves created from such a deluge wash the Thermal Man away ending his threat.

As Thor allows the storm to subside, he is confident that the robot will harm no more, as the currents of the ocean will carry it far north where it will be frozen in ice forever more.

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Synopsis for "The Wrath of the Wrecker!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #171.

As the Thunder God patrols the city he over hears a radio news report about Pedro Luis Lopez, a prominent civil rights leader had been shot. Knowing of Lopez's work, Thor decides that he should do what he can to save Lopez's life, but not as Thor however, but Donald Blake. Flying to the hospital where Lopez is being treated, Thor transforms back into the form of Donald Blake and offers his assistance as a surgeon to the doctors on staff that are treating Lopez. The doctors are increasingly worried about Lopez's survival as the biggest fear is that it may lead to riots in the city.

While elsewhere in the hospital, a special room is under guard, watching over a particularly dangerous patient who has been sedated since his admission to the hospital. This patient turns out to be the Wrecker, who has grown immune to the tranquilizers that have been used on him and uses his superior strength to break out of his hospital room. Easily batting aside the plain clothes police officers charged with watching him, the Wrecker retrieves his enchanted crow bar and goes on a rampage in the city.

The rampage does not go unnoticed, as it causes enough quaking to disturb the surgery that Blake is participating it. Blake leaves his patient with the other doctors so that he might investigate as Thor. Changing into his godly form, Thor goes looking for the source of the disturbance and is attacked from behind by the Wrecker, who is more than eager to have a rematch with Thor now that he feels stronger than ever before.

Their battle rages across the city, putting Thor in the defensive and unable to stop his foe. Their battle finally lands them in the New York subway system where Thor tosses the Wrecker on the electrified third rail. This causes the Wrecker to boast at Thor because the rails voltage is insufficient to harm him. However, causes the Wrecker to pause his attack long enough for Thor to slam his hammer onto the rail electrifying it with it's thunderous energies. The overload of power knocks out the Wrecker, ending his threat.

Resuming his Donald Blake guise, Thor returns to the hospital where he learns that his patient is expected to recover, however his colleagues question what type of person he is because of the perception of Blake fleeing on a patient. Blake takes this and suggests to his fellow that nobody is perfect and walks out of the room.

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Synopsis for "The Immortal and the Mind-Slave!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #172.

Thor returns to his office to find someone inside waiting for him, unable to enter through his usual window-way entry, Thor climbs his office building and changes into Donald Blake on the roof before entering his office through the main entrance. As it turns out it is Jim North, the doctor whom Jane Foster has been working with since she left Blake's employ. North has come to tell Blake that Jane is in danger and hands him a letter written by ruthless billionair Kornin Krask.

The letter reads that Krask has kidnapped Jane Foster in order to force North into performing a forbidden experiment for him. After reading the letter himself, Blake inquires why Jim didn't go to the police. Jim explains that due to Krask's wealth and influence the letter would be dismissed as a hoax, and he came to Donald for help because he is the only person who knows how to contact Thor. Blake, tells Jim to leave and that he will see what he can do.

Blake begins praying to is father to bring good fortune, and the thoughts reach Odin. Made curious of these thoughts the All-Father uses a visi-scan to look upon the realms that he rules over. He sees Loki, trying to rally support for some scheme, as well as Balder being cared for by Karnilla following his battle with the Thermal Man. His last look is upon the mortal visage of Kornin Krask, whom Odin feels will be no match against his son, the God of Thunder.

Later on Earth, Jim North has been instructed by Donald Blake to go to the home of Kornin Krask and is admitted into the property by Krask's private army. There he is brought before Krask who brings out Jane to show that she is alive. Then, in a moment of poorly planned bravery, North pulls out a revolver and attempts to try and force Krask to turn over Jane. However, Krask's army soon train their guns on Jim and he is forced to turn over his gun. Krask explains to Jim that he intends to force him to assist Dr. Waghastein (whom Krask has also captured) to perform the first even mind transfer. Krask explains that he wants to escape mortality and cheat death. With no options available, North agrees to aid Krask's mad scheme even though it's unlikely that he'll let them live after.

While back in the city, Don Blake transforms once more into Thor and rushes to Krask's private estate. Unaware that Krask had intended for Thor to get involved and his men are armed with devices that are tailored to incapacitate the Thunder God. Initially, Thor proves too strong for his attackers, however they use a special cannon that fires a hallucinogenic spray that is powerful enough to knock Thor out.

As the surgery is being prepped, Jim and Jane are horrified to find that the body that Krask intends to have his mind transferred into is none other than Thor. The procedure would involve the use of a Ultra-Oscilloscope, a device that would swap the minds of two beings. With Jane's life at risk, Jim North breaks down and agrees to continue with the operation. Activating the machine the mind swapping process begins, however the minds of Krask and Thor begin a struggle half way. A struggle which Thor wins, seemingly sending Krask's mind back into his body, which then dies.

Released form his hold, Thor consoles Jim and Jane, telling them that they were not at fault for what had happened and that Krask met his end thinking he could defeat the mind of an immortal. With Krask defeated, Thor leaves the two lovers behind.

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Synopsis for "Ulik Unleashed!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #173.

Donald Blake has just finished treating Thor -- or rather a strong man who dresses as him as part of a circus troupe. He finds that the strong man had injured himself lifting something very heavy. However, unfortunately for the inquisitive mind of Donald Blake, this circus happens to be the one owned by the Ringmaster, leader of the Circus of Crime, who promptly dismisses the questioning doctor. Recognizing the Ringmaster from their previous encounter, Donald Blake decides to investigate the situation as Thor.

Meanwhile in far off Asgard, Loki has gathered a band of malcontents who wish to overthrow Odin and defeat Thor. Among their numbers is the Rock Troll Ulik, who wishes to get revenge against Thor. Finding Ulik a fitting tool to use against Thor, Loki transports the Rock Troll to Earth, sending Ulik to the circus where Thor now stalks. Ulik's sudden appearance and demands for Thor to appear brings the Circus of Crime who all try to attack him and are easily defeated. When the Ringmaster arrives, however, he easily puts Ulik into his thrall using his hypnotic hat.

When Thor stumbles upon the scene, he is spotted by Princess Python, who mistakes Thor as the strong man who pretends to Thor as part of his act. Thor decides to use this to his advantage to find out what it is the Circus of Crime is up to. Participating in the act, Thor is shocked to see that Ulik is present and under the Ringmaster's control.

When Ulik is commanded to lift a one ton weight and put it on a flat-bed truck, Thor realizes that this must be part of the Ringmaster's scheme. Thor then rouses Ulik out of the Ringmaster's thrall, making Ulik drop the weight and turn his attentions against Thor. After a brief battle, Thor uses the magic of his hammer to banish Ulik back to Asgard.

With Ulik gone, the Ringmaster attempts to put Thor under his control, however the Thunder God anticipated this move and knocks off the Ringmaster's hat. Just then the police arrive and the Circus of Crime is rounded up and taken into police custody. When the Ringmaster demands proof of wrong doing, Thor smashes open the weight revealing that it has a stolen defense computer within.

As the Circus of Crime members are being escorted by police, Princess Python asks Thor why he wouldn't get in league with them as they would have paid him well to go along with their scheme. Thor responds that his actions are never the consideration of monetary gain and that of truth and justice before departing.

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Synopsis for "The Challenge of the Crypto-Man!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thor #174.

While patrolling the skies, Thor spots three strange lights in the sky and goes to investigate them. He is struck by a stun ray created by inventor Jasper Whyte. Whyte then uses a device to steal half of Thor's strength and flees the scene before Thor can come around. Returning to his lab, Whyte transfers the stolen strength into his creation: A robot known as the Crypto-Man. With the robot activated and the power transfer a complete success, Whyte begins the next part of his plans.

Meanwhile, a weakened Thor returns to his office and sees that there is a patient inside waiting for him. Thor instead goes to the roof to change back into his mortal form of Donald Blake before entering his office conventionally. Blake recognizes the patient as Mrs. Whyte, and she explains that her son Jasper has gone missing. She explains to Blake that Jasper was a brilliant scientist that made his colleagues jealous. She asks for Blake's help in trying to find him.

While elsewhere in the city, has sent his Crypto-Man out on a rampage, terrorizing the city, to which the police cannot deal with. When Blake hears of the robots rampage, he changes into Thor to stop it, wondering if there is a connection between the robot and Jasper. Finding the robot, Thor goes into battle against it, but finds that their equal strength makes them an even match. The Crypto-Man manages to defeat Thor and escape.

As Thor pulls himself out of the rubble of their battle, Jasper Whyte approaches the Thunder God and boasts over his creations defeat. Undaunted Thor continues after the creature, with Whyte trailing behind mocking the Thunder God the whole way. Traveling in the sewers, Jasper tells Thor that he instructed the Crypto-Man to destroy an atomic power plant. Thor finds that the Crypto-Man has made it to his location, and Jasper boasts that he will succeed. However, when Thor tells Jasper that the Crypto-Man may cause an explosion that will harm thousands of people, including Whyte's own mother, Jasper reconsiders his revenge and goes in after the Crypto-Man.

Turning his control beam device to maximum power, Jasper attempts to stop the Crypto-Man before Thor can fight it. This causes an explosion that ends the Crypto-Man's menace and seemingly kills Jasper in the process. Later, after resuming his Donald Blake guise, Thor breaks the bad news to Mrs. Whyte. However, instead of telling her the whole story, he tells in such a way to suggest that Jasper had died a hero saving the city. With his recounting done, Blake leaves the woman to grieve the loss of her son privately.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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